Silverlight hot, Java not?

The competition to add dynamic functionality to Web sites has heated up in recent years. Adobe's Flash and Sun Microsystems' Java plug-ins have traditionally offered Web designers the ability to run animation or small programs within the browser. Lately, however, Java's presence on the desktop seems to be fading while a new contender, Microsoft's Silverlight, is on the rise, at least according to the results of an informal, ongoing survey taken by DreamingWell, called Rich Internet Applications Statistics.

Percent of browsers with the following plug-ins:

Adobe Flash: 97 percent

Java: 74 percent

Silverlight: 23 percent

*Taken from 1.5 million user visits to 50 popular Web sites.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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